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Our waterwise plants (drought resistant, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Blue and White Veronica pectinata, Veronica pectinata, Blue Woolly Speedwell

    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to la...

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    Blue Woolly Veronica Blue Woolly Speedwell Veronica pectinata
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Veronica pectinata (Woolly Speedwell) is one of our finest groundcovers. Growing with long stems of wooly evergreen foliage, the plants cover themselves with blue blooms, aging to lavender-blue flowers in early to mid-spring. 2" tall x 18" wide.
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  2. Red and Yellow Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Arizona Sun Blanket Flower

    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun ...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun Blanket Flower is covered with red-orange and yellow bi-colored flowers all season long. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  3. Firewitch Garden Pinks, Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch

    Dianthus Firewitch is a great Garden Pink with strongly fragrant rose-pink flowers and attractive gray-blue evergreen foliage. The 2005 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year. Drou...

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    Firewitch Dianthus Firewitch Garden Pinks Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Dianthus Firewitch is a great Garden Pink with strongly fragrant rose-pink flowers and attractive gray-blue evergreen foliage. The 2005 Perennial Plant Assoc. Plant of the Year. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  4. Munro's Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea)

    Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) brings a blast of bright orange to the mid-summer garden. A xeric perennial native to the Great Basin of the Western US, this rugged plant...

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    Munro's Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea) Munro's Globe Mallow Sphaeralcea munroana
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) brings a blast of bright orange to the mid-summer garden. A xeric perennial native to the Great Basin of the Western US, this rugged plant thrives in the most challenging hot, sunny dry garden conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. Red Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades, Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower

    12" x 12" wide. Arizona 'Red Shades' is a recent introduction with dark orange-red flowers. With modest deadheading this selection will bloom all summer thriving in full, hot sun and...

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    Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Red Shades
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    12" x 12" wide. Arizona 'Red Shades' is a recent introduction with dark orange-red flowers. With modest deadheading this selection will bloom all summer thriving in full, hot sun and poor soils. Attractive to butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  6. Blue Veronica oltensis, Veronica oltensis, Thyme-leaf Speedwell

    Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is a beautiful, tenacious, small scale groundcover with thin stems of tiny evergreen leaves that cover themselves with blue flowers in early ...

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    Thyme-Leaf Veronica Thyme-Leaf Speedwell Veronica oltensis
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Veronica oltensis (Thyme Leaf Speedwell) is a beautiful, tenacious, small scale groundcover with thin stems of tiny evergreen leaves that cover themselves with blue flowers in early to mid-spring. Veronica oltensis is a little beauty that serves as an excellent crack filler between flagstone or pavers. Thyme Leaf Speedwell is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  7. Origanum libanoticum Close Up

    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge...

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    Cascading Hopflower Oregano Cascading Hopflower Oregano Origanum libanoticum
    $8.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge of a raised bed shows off the lantern-like flowers to best advantage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. Phemeranthus calycinum (Talinum) Judith's Favorite Close-up. Image courtesy of Emmis Oure

    A carefree little succulent native plant, Fame Flower has quarter-sized rose-violet flowers that open in the afternoon heat. A willing re-seeder, these little plants gently colonize ...

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    Judith's Favorite Fame Flower (Phemeranthus) Judith's Favorite Fame Flower Phemeranthus calycinum Judith's Favorite
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A carefree little succulent native plant, Fame Flower has quarter-sized rose-violet flowers that open in the afternoon heat. A willing re-seeder, these little plants gently colonize their garden site and bloom all summer. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  9. SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Beard Tongue, Penstemon pinifolius ‘P019S', orange flowers

    A soft orange-flowered selection of pineleaf beardtongue, SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) is a native cultivar that starts flowering in late spring and attr...

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    SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius 'P019S'
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A soft orange-flowered selection of pineleaf beardtongue, SteppeSuns® Sunset Glow Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) is a native cultivar that starts flowering in late spring and attracts numerous pollinators and hummingbirds. Reminiscent of Colorado summer sunsets, its long-lasting blooms add a warm glow to dry area gardens. Finely textured evergreen foliage forms a compact mound for year-round interest.
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  10. Red Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Compact Pineleaf Penstemon

    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growi...

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    Compact Pineleaf Penstemon Compact Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Compactum
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growing branches of evergreen pine needle-like leaves. Perfect for borders or accenting larger perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Greek Yarrow

    Greek Yarrow is a low growing perennial with attractive evergreen, silver foliage and a late spring display of bright white flowers on short stems. An excellent small scale groundcov...

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    Greek Yarrow Greek Yarrow Achillea ageratifolia
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Greek Yarrow is a low growing perennial with attractive evergreen, silver foliage and a late spring display of bright white flowers on short stems. An excellent small scale groundcover for planting in hot, sunny conditions. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  12. Pink Aethionema schistosum, Aethionema schistosum, Fragrant Persian Stonecress

    Persian Stonecress is a fragrant Old World wildflower with pink, late spring flowers held over attractive blue-green foliage. It thrives in heat and full sun in well-drained soils. ...

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    Fragrant Persian Stonecress (Aethionema) Fragrant Persian Stonecress Aethionema schistosum
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Persian Stonecress is a fragrant Old World wildflower with pink, late spring flowers held over attractive blue-green foliage. It thrives in heat and full sun in well-drained soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Reiter Creeping Thyme (Thymus Reiter), Photo Courtesy of PlantMaster.com

    Thymus Reiter (Reiter Creeping Thyme) is one of the most vigorous creeping thymes with its stems of olive-green foliage rooting as they spread across the soil. Blooming in mid-summer...

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    Reiter Creeping Thyme Reiter Creeping Thyme Thymus Reiter
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Thymus Reiter (Reiter Creeping Thyme) is one of the most vigorous creeping thymes with its stems of olive-green foliage rooting as they spread across the soil. Blooming in mid-summer with prolific lavender-pink flowers, it makes an excellent small-scale lawn substitute. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  14. Blue Penstemon Blue Lips, Penstemon Blue Lips, Blue Lips hybrid Beardtongue

    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal th...

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    Blue Lips Penstemon Blue Lips Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon Blue Lips
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal the wonderful blue-gray evergreen foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. 2009 Plant of the Year.
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  15. Orange and Yellow Gaillardia Mesa Peach, Gaillardia Mesa Peach, Mesa Peach Blanket Flower

    Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach is a beautiful long-blooming Blanket Flower with peachy-golden flowers and excellent vigor in hot dry sections of the garden. Drought resistant/drought t...

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    Mesa™ Peach Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach Blanket Flower Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gaillardia Mesa™ Peach is a beautiful long-blooming Blanket Flower with peachy-golden flowers and excellent vigor in hot dry sections of the garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  16. Gaillardia Collection

    Just find a hot, sunny spot with well-drained soil and you’ve got a Gaillardia garden! Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Our collection includes 4 plants in 5" pots...

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    Gaillardia Collection (Blanket Flower) Blanket Flower Collection (Gaillardia)
    $35.96
    Per Collection of 4
    Just find a hot, sunny spot with well-drained soil and you’ve got a Gaillardia garden! Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Our collection includes 4 plants in 5" pots. Save $5 off the single plant price of $41.96.
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  17. Alpine Rock Thyme, Acinos alpinus

    Alpine Rock Thyme (Acinos alpinus), a wildflower from the southern mountains of Europe, is small growing perennial that’s perfect for rock gardens and xeriscapes. Short spikes of l...

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    Alpine Rock Thyme (Acinos) Alpine Rock Thyme Acinos alpinus
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Alpine Rock Thyme (Acinos alpinus), a wildflower from the southern mountains of Europe, is small growing perennial that’s perfect for rock gardens and xeriscapes. Short spikes of large purple flower in the summer top glossy green foliage, attracting bees.
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  18. White Agave toumeyana v. bella, Agave toumeyana v. bella, Miniature Century Plant

    Agave toumeyana v. bella is a miniature Century plant that is a rare and highly desirble variety for the waterwise garden. It has excellent cold hardiness and beautiful white striped...

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    Miniature Century Plant (Agave) Miniature Century Plant Agave toumeyana v. bella
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Agave toumeyana v. bella is a miniature Century plant that is a rare and highly desirble variety for the waterwise garden. It has excellent cold hardiness and beautiful white striped leaves with curling white threads on the margins.
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  19. Ben Fhada Rock Rose, Helianthemum nummularium

    Ben Fhada Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is a small scale, low-water groundcover with evergreen foliage. A profuse display of long-blooming flowers with broad yellow petals and...

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    Ben Fhada Rock Rose (Helianthemum) Ben Fhada Rock Rose Helianthemum Ben Fhada
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Ben Fhada Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium) is a small scale, low-water groundcover with evergreen foliage. A profuse display of long-blooming flowers with broad yellow petals and orange eyes add bright, cheery color to your garden starting in early spring. Trailing evergreen foliage is a beautiful addition to rock gardens or dry slopes. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  20. Bee Bonanza Ornamental Oregano Collection

    Our Bee Bonanza Bonanza Ornamental Oregano Collection will fill your garden with easy-care, fragrant, pollinator-favorite flowers. Our bee-friendly collection features three of our f...

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    Bee Bonanza Ornamental Oregano Collection Bee Bonanza Ornamental Oregano Collection
    $79.41
    Per Collection of 9
    Our Bee Bonanza Bonanza Ornamental Oregano Collection will fill your garden with easy-care, fragrant, pollinator-favorite flowers. Our bee-friendly collection features three of our favorite varieties, ranging from draping to upright, with flower clusters large and small in rose, pink, and magenta. Blooms in gardens or containers all summer and well into fall. Collection of 9 plants.
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  21. Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation

    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong up...

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    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong upright growth habit. Widely adapted for planting across the US. 2018 Plant of The Year
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